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#2073441 - 04/29/13 11:45 AM May Day, May Day Piano Bar...
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#2073467 - 04/29/13 12:52 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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Mark, this sounds like a fun little project.

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#2073484 - 04/29/13 01:34 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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Ok, now you have the right notes.

Next, get the timing absolutely perfect.

I would suggest that you put a metronome on and make timing your most important goal.

And, btw ... TIMING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURE OF THIS TYPE OF MUSIC.

Never sluff over the timing of it. Get it absolutely perfect.

Good Luck
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#2073515 - 04/29/13 02:32 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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Very nice, Mark.

I'm working on a new, original blues tune entitled "You know you got the blues". smile

Maybe I can record it sometimes this week...

I see the ABF piano bar has been quite popular these days! thumb

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#2073561 - 04/29/13 03:18 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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Nice! I did an easy version of this song for the last ABF recital! It's a fun song smile

Only thing is... how could you use a metronome with this kind of long-short-long-short rhythm? I just tried to "feel it".
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#2073564 - 04/29/13 03:18 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Rickster]
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Originally Posted By: Rickster
Very nice, Mark.

I'm working on a new, original blues tune entitled "You know you got the blues". smile

Maybe I can record it sometimes this week...

I see the ABF piano bar has been quite popular these days! thumb

Rick


Looking forward to it Rick.

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#2073573 - 04/29/13 03:24 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: sinophilia]
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Originally Posted By: sinophilia
Nice! I did an easy version of this song for the last ABF recital! It's a fun song smile

Only thing is... how could you use a metronome with this kind of long-short-long-short rhythm? I just tried to "feel it".


The book starts out telling you:

When playing jazz, the element of interpretation is key. What is often written on the page is not what is performed. One of the basic rules is to add "swing" to melodies: this means that a series of eight notes are not played straight and even. Rather, they're paired into groups of two, with a delay on the attack of the second note. It's simplest to think of two eight notes as a dotted eight plus a sixteenth.

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#2073649 - 04/29/13 05:12 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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A metronome would work fine with this piece.

There are 4 beats to each measure.

It does not matter what you are playing or how you are playing notes within the measure ... they should take 4 beats.

The first note of each measure should be right on beat ONE.

ONE TWO THREE FOUR ONE TWO THREE FOUR ... ETC ...

Rock solid.

Remember ... whenever you play music and others are listening, they are participating with you by "feeling" the beat ... 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4,1,2,3,4 ... etc .... If deviate from that pattern, the listener will stop participating and move on to something else.

Most important element of music.
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#2074332 - 04/30/13 04:08 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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A great gem I found today. I like playing pieces that are not demanding technically because they allow me to quickly get into the music without having to workout the notes for 2 months. This took a bit over an hour before I felt secure about playing with little to no mistakes.

It's just a page long. If anyone is interested I can scan the sheet music for you. Excuse the weird look on my face, it's because I was focused on the sheet music and the sound at the same time. I always get this expression when I concentrate hard on something smile



And this is a little project of mine. Trying to learn just a bit of all the 60 etudes by Cramer. They are too difficult currently if I want to learn the entire etudes but parts are accessible and teach technique that will accumulate over time.



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#2074416 - 04/30/13 06:03 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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nice piece but I could not possibly take on another piece. I have about two years worth of pieces in front of me at the moment, lol
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#2075495 - 05/02/13 01:46 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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I had to slow this down to 92 BPM (which is exactly half the tempo that's indicated on the sheet) before I could get a somewhat clean recording of it (emphasis on somewhat). Obviously, I still have a ways to go with this piece. But I'm posting it here anyway. Because if I don't, I might be tempted to keep working on it, and then submit this instead of the Beethoven to the ABF recital.

(There's another person who has submitted the same piece I did, and I'm kind of scared now that I won't measure up to him!)

Enjoy, if you will smile. And if you don't, well, that wasn't really the point anyway wink.

https://soundcloud.com/saranoya/burgmuller-adieu
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#2075629 - 05/02/13 04:26 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Saranoya]
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Saranoya - I don't know the piece so it sounds perfectly fine at this tempo.
Mark - It seems your piece disappeared?
Teodor - Bag cam?
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#2075631 - 05/02/13 04:49 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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This is my first attempt at playing at piece with a ‘solo’/instrumental interlude in it. It took me a while to work it out and play it so figured I’d get something out of my ‘investment’ by sharing it here.

Your mother should know

Couple of dodgy vocal notes here and there. Probably what set the neighbour's dog barking!
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#2075720 - 05/02/13 09:01 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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I've said it before but I'll say it again.....Newman you have a great voice.
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#2075744 - 05/02/13 09:42 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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Mark...: I am sorry you deleted your piece, I enjoyed it.
Teodor: As you mention, a great little gem, very nice.
Saranoya: Nicely done. I think the tempo worked great.
Newman: That was fantastic!
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    #2075753 - 05/02/13 09:53 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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    Woohoo, I have something to post here! It's a super easy arrangement but it was not easy for me to manage those octaves - don't know if you can hear it, but I also tried to highlight the top note. I'll have to learn it with a nicer, more difficult arpeggio in the left hand now.

    Downton Abbey Theme
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    #2075762 - 05/02/13 10:08 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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    Saranoya -- you did very well on the Burgmuller. I thought it sounded nice even with half the tempo. I think the dynamics and the phrasing were good and even. You'll get to that tempo soon no worries.

    Newman -- nice vocals and piano work as usual. Felt like I was at a local bar listening to live performance smile

    Teodor -- sadly, I don't think I can ever play anything with little to no mistakes in an hour unless it's in the caliber of "Mary had a little lamb." You however are very good with that piano. You have an incredible focus.
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    #2075996 - 05/02/13 03:41 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: ElleC]
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    Originally Posted By: ElleC


    Teodor -- sadly, I don't think I can ever play anything with little to no mistakes in an hour unless it's in the caliber of "Mary had a little lamb." You however are very good with that piano. You have an incredible focus.



    Thank you. Don't worry about that right now. I am nothing special, I take ages to learn things, but you will come to a point when certain pieces can be learned pretty fast because your general level of mastery on the piano will increase over time. You've only been playing a few months, so who knows what you can do in a couple of years from now if you stick with it. smile
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    #2076031 - 05/02/13 04:41 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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    Sinophilia, your Downton Abbey piece was just beautiful, didn't miss a beat and the melody was nice and crisp.....lovely
    Nice sounding piano too
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    #2076070 - 05/02/13 05:40 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: sinophilia]
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    sinophilia, "Downton Abbey Theme" was lovely! And yes, I agree the sound of your piano is fantastic. I enjoyed all your pieces on soundcloud ("Frankie and Johnnie", "Raisins and Almonds", and "Raymond").
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      #2076166 - 05/02/13 08:53 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      here's my submission for the month. Another version of Scarborough Fair. I used sheet music but improvised a little from it. I also made up a section near the end that sounds a bit different from the rest. You should be able to tell which part I am talking about :P Anyway enjoy!

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      #2076178 - 05/02/13 09:06 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Teodor -Autumn Scenery - quick work. Beautiful little piece
      Cramer Etude 1 - I'm not familiar with Cramer, but I wish you luck.

      Saranoya - Bergmuller Adieu - It sounds nice at this speed. Must be scary to play at 184!

      Newman - Your Mother Should Know - Your playing stands up even when aren't singing.

      sinophilia - Downtown Abbey Theme - Nice playing. Your tempo is rock solid. I can't hear any difficulty, you've mastered this one.

      ladypayne - Scarborough Fair - This is a nice arrangement. It sounds really good on your piano.
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      #2076192 - 05/02/13 09:26 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Sinophilia -- easy or not...you played it very nicely. And I did hear your highlights =)

      ladypayne -- that was beautiful rendition of Scarborough Fair. I loved how the notes just flow from one to another...very musical.
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      #2076254 - 05/02/13 10:46 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      My piece this month is Monk's Mood, by (guess who?) Thelonious Monk.

      I attended several Monk concerts in NYC, Newport, etc in the 50s and 60s, always loved to hear him play this song, and tried to play it by ear, but never got those beautiful chords (or the pedal point thing) quite right. Lead sheets opened my eyes to a whole new world!

      Monk's Mood



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      #2076268 - 05/02/13 11:02 PM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Sinophilia: You play beautifully. It is apparent that you have taken the time to learn the right way. You play very precisely with strong attention paid to playing ON TIME !

      You have not gotten ahead of yourself by trying to play all sorts of things that are beyond your skill level.

      You serve as an inspiration for all beginners.

      Your music is a pleasure to hear.
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      #2076386 - 05/03/13 01:52 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
      sinophilia Offline

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      Thank you everybody, you're too kind as usual! smile

      Saranoya, this sounds so good! I have some Burgmuller music somewhere and I'll have to dig it out when I decide to try classical music. Next year maybe.

      Teodor, that is beautiful! It must be so rewarding to pick up a piece and just learn it and play it in an hour...

      Newman, I never say anything but I always listen to your songs, I'm so jealous of the great playing and singing!

      ladypayne, your Scarborough Fair gives goose bumps even through the speakers of my laptop! Wow!
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      #2076394 - 05/03/13 02:30 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Ladypayne - that was a lovely arrangement of Scarborough Fair, simply beautiful, has put me in a nice frame of mind after a hard week.

      Riddler - even although the music was unfamiliar listening lifted my tired weary spirit
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      #2076402 - 05/03/13 03:00 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      There are so many good music this month. I hope not to miss any of these good music.

      Mark, very nice piece. This is my first time hear the Emperor's New Clothes piano cover.
      Teodor: Very nice etude.
      Saranyona: You are Bergmuller expert here.
      Newman: Your voice is very good.
      sinophilia: Your playing is flowing. Very nice. Keep on.
      ladypayne: Your rendition of Scarborough is very good. You seems interact with the music.
      Riddler: Monk's Mood. It matches today's mood. Its whole day raining, without sunshine, without birds singing, without dogs barking....
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      #2076403 - 05/03/13 03:01 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      This is my contribution this month.

      Menuet in F maj. by Haydn.

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      #2076457 - 05/03/13 07:10 AM Re: May Day, May Day Piano Bar... [Re: Mark...]
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      Weiyan: I've played that! Nice piece, isn't it? It would be even better if you'd add a little pedalwork wink.
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